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Campaign contributions would jump 2,000 percent under bill that passes its first committee stop



Candidates for governor could collect contributions of up to $10,000 for both primary and general elections races under a bill approved this morning, 7-5, by the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections.

Currently, all state candidates are limited to donations of no more than $500, one of the strictest caps in the country. Contributions under the proposal (SB 1690) would increase to $5,000 for Cabinet races and $2,500 for state legislative candidates.

The bill does nothing to improve disclosure laws. But Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, the Miami Republican sponsoring the campaign finance bill, said he would bring another bill through the committee this year that would tighten disclosure laws.

Diaz de la Portilla said his campaign finance bill would let politicians raise fewer contributions and spend more time devoted to public service. "Elections are generally getting more expensive," he said. 

For background on some of the problems with Florida's campaign finance laws, click here.


[Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 5:52pm]


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